May 15, 2018

You Are Known

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You are the Shelter to the Shelterless.
You are the Comfort to those without comfort.

His love is like a washing of a wandering soul.
You have not been alone.
He has been beside you from day one–
Constructing, building, wiring your very DNA.
Knowing every breath you’d take.
Knowing every path, move and every decision.
He knows all.
He has been there in it all.

Good or bad, your behavior is not as relevant to Him as the pleasure He takes in knowing you.

You are Known.

Come to be known in a deeper way.
Deep calls to deep.
He even weighs and measures abounding love over you as you sleep.
His love is Good Medicine.

Whatever ails you-
He is there.
He is going to handle it with care.
He is your Shelter.
He is your Comfort.
He is your Supporter,
Your Way Maker,
Your Day Breaker at the end of even the darkest of Nights.

Hold tight, Beloved.
Come to be Known.

*Prose of worship and prayer written by Nicole McBride on this day;
May 15,2018
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May 11, 2018

Equipped

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God always equips us for how He calls us–

You are equipped.
You are called.
You are Chosen.
You have been selected.
You are an impenetrable fortress of Splendor.
You are Shielded…
And you are Strong.

There is a specific place you belong and those called along side of you are glad you came. Your company welcomed. Your company appreciated. Your face…

God bless you this day. Your Golden Space and be electrified with his power and grace. The best of you is still at rest in you. Arise!

The affection of heaven is held on your shoulders.

~Nicole
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May 6, 2018

Esther Anointing

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Until now you have wondered, “Why has this happened? Where is God in my trial?” But what if you have an “Esther Anointing”? History shows that Queen Vashti would not submit to the wishes of the King, so he had her banished. Vashti was blessed with intense beauty, but she failed to realize what her beauty was truly for. She possessed aimless beauty while Esther possessed a beautiful purpose.

God had groomed Esther for such a time a this.

Though seemingly small, humble, insignificant…this young woman had the roar of the Lion burning in her heart and it was called Courage.

So, what if this is you?
Do you travail in challenging circumstance?
Do you feel as though you can barely hold on?
Do you wonder why you have been abandoned or forsaken?

Maybe God has used it to prepare you for such a time as this. You never know who your going to impact in a positive way…May your “Vashti” step aside and your “inner Esther” arise!

Be a Champion. Make a Difference..

Esther 4:14

May 3, 2018

Strong Heart

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The only people who fail are those who quit. Don’t quit!

Some people don’t have to work very hard and things come naturally to them while others work extremely hard and the results come with great difficulty. Have you ever wondered about this? I see this a lot in my competitions. Girls who don’t train very hard and don’t stick to their diet, yet they walk away with a trophy. But this concept applies to many areas of life. It could be a Valedictorian who rarely studied, the person who finds a job in a day while you hunt away. The list goes on.

Some may say it seems unfair, but don’t allow your heart, your mind nor your attitude to droop. For anything you deem important enough to put your heart to and it falls in line with the inspired Word of God, then God cares about it too and He is with you making way for you. Sometimes the Lord places purposes in our heart knowing the challenge it will bring. He will use it all to build stellar character to the pure of heart. So don’t quit. Never give up. You must be decided and possess absolute belief that the God who put you to it will see you through it brilliantly. What do you gain by quitting? You become like those work not at all and nothing comes to them. But when you work hard and discipline yourself the rewards received by far outweigh any title or trophy. It’s about becoming the best you can be and self worth and dignity. ~Nicole

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.”
1 Cor. 9:24-26

May 2, 2018

Strong

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To be physically strong, you must do physically strong things.
To be spiritually strong you must do spiritually strong things.

These are both two different things-
yet, they are connected and can be the same thing.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Eph. 6:11

Never lose your Hope.

Sometimes even when you are trying to do the right thing, wrong things happen. Tis true for everyone. Do not become discouraged in your efforts to do well.

Finish Strong.

The only people who fail are those who quit. So if you don’t quit, you win. Win what? Well, that depends, but the prize is never about “beating someone” unless it’s an athletic event. Winning is about personal growth, discipline, expanding personal potential.

Winners know how to manage their complaints. They understand that negativity will sabotage your own ability to persevere. So, instead of recapping past bad experiences in fear of their reoccurrence, recap your miracles and declare the reoccurrence of the good! God means for you to win! So don’t quit!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

Finish Strong.

God knew how your life would look all along. He’s got you!

When you are in the world-but not of it-you will feel the pressures all around. Ah, but God, He will give Grace to rise above it. Beautiful.

God causes my heart to marvel every single day.

YOU have the brave heart as that of a lion; the absolute ROAR of the Father ignites in your soul. Rise up Champion! For you, Gods got MORE! Do you believe it? How much is an abundance anyway?

Follow your heart, it has instinct. Take courage, dreams have lofty price tags. Follow your path, it is your own.

Nothing will be impossible for you…
So go ahead and ROAR!

~Nicole

April 27, 2018

“Class Act”

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“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13

Love is patient and kind. It looks out for others. It thinks of itself less and others more. Love is gentle and quiet yet possesses all the roar of a lion or the fiercest ocean at storm. Love does not compromise and it is pristine. Love is all things classy.

Esther, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, three women who I imagine knew how to keep it classy as they loved beyond their capacity to understand. They did it for the good of their common man. They lived a life worthy of esteem to be an example of Proverbs 31 woman kind of living.

Class is elegant. It is a disposition that maintains a posture of peace and position. It is regal in its own sort of way. It understands the beauty found in simplicity. It is meek and humble. It is gentle and easy, yet it is a yolk of the Lord not easily handled. It is costly like precious metals and gems, and it shines with brilliance.

The best kind of bling isn’t found in a ring, but in the heart that possesses the sweet residue of Heaven. Hold you head high today, Ladies. For you are each God’s Lady in Waiting. He’s got goodness in store for you. I believe in you, too! ~Nicole
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April 22, 2018

Stop On A Dime Devotion

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“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.'”

Isaiah 48:17

Many years ago one of my boys was an infant and we were sitting in the doctors office for a well baby visit. If you have had a baby you know the routine~check everything then finish up with whatever shot being recommended at that time. Well-prior to this appointment I had spent much time, every day for more than a month, praying about this particular appointment because I knew the vaccine schedule for the day.

When my oldest was a baby the Holy Spirit began making me very uncomfortable every time we were to get a shot. The vaccine schedule was very limited and small compared to what it is today. I would get so uncomfortable I would pray, but never know what or why the Spirit was leaning into me so. This proceeded until it became apparent to me I needed to share with my husband. To make a long story short, God had been leading us to make some changes on how we view certain medical protocols and for very specific reasons which I won’t share here. With this back story, let’s fast forward several years to me sitting in the Doctor office with one of my younger children waiting for our visit. I had prayed all month or more as I shared about whether or not to get a particular shot for my child. But God had not directed my heart at all. I didn’t know what to do. The nurse comes in and performs the exam and then proceeds to leave to get the serum. Then it happened… right there in the little room the Holy Spirit rocked my boat. He spoke loud and clear and told me NOT to put that particular shot in my child. I was so uncomfortable. Why had He waited until the nurse was drawing the serum to tell me? I’d been praying about it for months? So I had a choice to make. When the nurse came back-though I felt incredibly uncomfortable and embarrassed-I told her to put it back we weren’t going to get it after all. She questioned and tried to persuade. But I refused and we got not a single shot that day.

After I was home and alone I sulked to my Lord. I didn’t understand His plan. But he spoke to my heart and lead me through his Word. He reminded me that the intellect of man was foolishness to him (1 Cor. 3:20; Psalm 94:11), then he spoke prophetic words of knowledge to my soul about my child. Then He told me the deleterious effect this particular shot would’ve had with my child’s DNA genome. Then, the biggest lesson of them all…

He told me He was training me to lean into His voice so hard that I would be able to stop on a dime for Him no matter what situation I was in. This pierced me to the core.

Fast forward, eight years later that same child had an extreme health episode which required much medical diagnostics. Some things about my child were discovered that revealed the Truth of what God had told me. If we had gotten that particular shot when he was an infant it would have completely interacted with a certain genetic composition and he would’ve been an entirely different child (behavior and ability so to speak). I am so glad I heard! I am so glad I sought! But I am most happy that I LISTENED! My one single act of obedience completely changed the course of my child’s life for the better!

The only requirement to hearing God’s voice is accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. Once you open the door of your heart, He comes in and you become connected. It’s kind of like blue tooth technology. Though He is God in Heaven and you are not, you are connected and by vehicle of the Holy Spirit transmission and communication is made. A big part of hearing God speak is spending time with Him (reading devotionals and the Bible, listening to Bible expository and getting around other Believer’s). The more we allow God to declutter our heart, mind and soul…the easier and more clearly we will hear him. Sin will keep you from hearing His Voice clearly. Pride will keep you from hearing him or it will convolute the message. Spiritual strongholds with warp and twist the translation.

So how do we dig deeper into Him? By spending time together. Any relationship will get stronger when time is spent together. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to activate himself in your life. Tell the Holy Spirit He is welcome in your life and in your decision making. Adore the King of Heaven-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Worship always creates a clearer connection.

God not only wants you to be able to hear the Voice of God in your life, He wants such a grand connection you are empowered to stop on a dime and change direction should He require. He wants total and complete access to your life. It could just save your life. I know the Holy Spirit has saved mine countless times.

Be at Peace and know the God of Heaven. As you get to know Him, may He yield your heart strength, Fortitude and Grace. May all of these equip you for the Journey.

~Nicole

April 20, 2018

Fearless

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When I was a young girl I may have been slightly afraid of the dark. I didn’t like to go to sleep in pitch black. I preferred my door slightly cracked and my Mom or Dad would leave a light in in the hall, or another adjoining room for backlighting. I could comfort in the light. I would also get all comfy in my covers, pulling them up over my head but tucking them just so…my mouth and nose were exposed to the fresh air. I slept this way for as long as I can remember. But something happened over time, whatever cause my discomfort with the dark began to subside and I found myself preferring to sleep with total darkness. In fact, the darker the atmosphere the better I rest.

This is how it is when we come to a place of being centered in God’s Goodness. We can find ourselves in the darkness of night, be it a trial or something that hinders our sight, but we are comfortable and at rest because we haven’t forgotten we are loved, protected and blessed. Your fortnight will come. Whatever ails your heart or makes you uneasy~God’s got a remedy that is truly quite easy. Nothing is too hard for him.

Your Daddy knows. He loves you with an incredible love. Hand in glove, you won’t slip. And should you trip, he will cause his angels to look over you and see you through. You are His candidate for victory. ~Nicole

“In the shelter of your presence you hide me.” Psalm 31:20

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April 17, 2018

Sown…Garment of Love

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“Jesus loves he tire children-all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Grew up in church singing that song. It was precious to me. But what has been even more precious is watching God love through me all races, but also all creed. All peoples who have need…a need to be loved. You can find me during the week encouraging a wealthy woman with monogrammed everything and hours later I am out on the street praying with someone who has no teeth, no shoes and is pregnant with baby number (who knows what number) and how many different fathers her children have.

Each carries their own beauty.
Each carries their own struggles. Each carries hangups and strongholds.
But the love of God sees beyond their condition to their royal position.

I frequently see the affluent despise the poor because they feel the resentment of the poor toward their wealth. Then, I see the poor reject the rich because they have what they have never had and feel the sting of judgement or inadequacy.

The world loves the pretty, the beautiful, the strong, the rich. But God measures us all with a different stick. He is a God of Infinite Love and purpose and His amazing arms of comfort can handle any circumference. He loves the beautiful. He loves the proud. He loves the down and out. He loves those with a glorious song and He loves those who have absolutely nothing to sing about. His Love is Perfect. His love is Pristine. His Love and His Love alone will make your heart clean and wipe away every stain of pain your life has afforded. He will help you cut your losses and build within a Temple comfortable for a King to live in. He is your Way Maker, Day Saver, King of all kings life changer. He is prepared to make a way for you in all you say and do. He will carve an incredible landscape and garden of heart for you. Tear those walls down. Polish your Crown. You are a royal diadem. You are a costly garment in the care of a King. Seamless embroidery does His hand bring. You’ve been stitched into this particular fabric of time and nothing…I mean nothing…can snatch you from His Love. He loves you. Period. Drink it. Enjoy it. Swim in it. Bask in it. Be adored. For you are adorable.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:14

It doesn’t matter your SES or your physical address. You shop at K-Mart or only wear designer originals. YOU are His Original Design and He wants to create in you the sweet nectar of an organic piece of fruit. Juicy and sweet His Love always makes you whole and complete. Drink deep.

His love is in you, on you…all around you. He is Besotted.

Take care this day in every word that you say. Be mindful that the Peach of Heaven is ever fond of you.💜

Be Golden with Delight.✨

~Nicole

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20
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April 16, 2018

All My Single Ladies

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“Sometimes you’ll just be too much woman. Too smart, too beautiful, too strong. Too much of something that makes a man feel like less of a man, which will start making you feel like less of a woman. The biggest mistake you can make is removing jewels from your crown to make it easier for a man to carry. When this happens, I need you to understand you do not need a smaller crown. You need a man with bigger hands.” ~Michael E. Reid

Ladies, you are enough, all by yourself. Be genuine. Be organic. Embrace your unique Splendor. Never will a man complete you. God alone can do that. But when selecting a mate, remind him that the best fruit grows at the top of the trees and receives the most sunshine. Shine Bright, start your day off right. You are Magnificent in Heaven’s sight. Shine On.✨ ~Nicole

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